You Can't, But God Can
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 (ESV)
A lot of us are fixers, constantly trying to fix the messes we have made. Many of us have been damaged by other people and are left trying to rebuild our lives. There’s just a lot of broken pieces that need to be “fixed” and put back together so often times we like to take things into our own hands. When we take the broken pieces into our own hands and try to put them back together, we foolishly are keeping ourselves in the same old fix.
There have been many times in my life where I have felt like I needed to “fix” the messes I have made and even the damages left by others. Relying on myself gave me this false sense of assurance that I had something to offer God. It wasn’t until I grasped the good news of the Gospel that God showed me how my self-willed attempts to gain His favor proved meaningless. Sisters, this is good news! There’s freedom, healing, and wholeness found in the Gospel. I could never have “fixed” what God has meant to redeem through His Son, Jesus Christ and I could never put back together the brokenness in my life.
Christians, we need to come to an understanding that we bring God nothing to the table, other than our sinful nature (Romans 3:10). We are weak human beings totally reliant upon the grace and mercy of God. God didn’t send His Son to die for “good” people who have it all together. Christ died for the ungodly…people who are broken and in desperate need of redemption. Instead of forcing our own fixes on situations, we must surrender it all to Christ. This requires us to humbly accept the fact that we are not good and that Christ didn’t just come to make us better. He came to make us new (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is the gospel of Jesus that Christ that gives us hope and because of Him, we are redeemed children of God.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for Your goodness and mercy. Thank you for the good news of Jesus Christ which has redeemed me from sin and destruction here on this earth. Help me to surrender my pain and brokenness to You while I rely on Christ for wholeness. Give me a thirst for Your Word and a hunger for a life that would be lived saturated in the Gospel. Amen.
Are you tirelessly trying to fix the messes made in your life? Or are you relying on Christ to do what you cannot? Memorize Romans 5:6 and use this Scripture to be a reminder that without Christ we can do nothing and be encouraged that with Christ, we can live our lives in a manner that reflects the Gospel.